Fishing Reports for December 5, 2016

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.

Oswego River report
The river flow is running at 12,600cfs as of this morning. This level is good for driftboat fishing but makes many areas along the river unfishable for other anglers.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:

We have had big water for quite a while now which is great if the clarity is good. High turbidity is definitely making the bite tougher than normal. However, we are still putting up some good numbers to make everyone happy. All released to fight another day.

The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information, view the Oswego County Tourism website at and look for fishing reports along the top bar on the home page. The Oswego Fire Department offers loaner life jackets at no charge through its “Loaner for Life” program. For more information contact the fire station, 35 E. Cayuga St., at 315-343-2161.

Salmon River report:
According to Fat Nancy’s Tackle Shop:
High water over the weekend with a flow of 2100cfs at times. The fishing has been good from the Altmar bridge to the Schoolhouse Pool. The best baits have been pink egg sacs, pink worms and 10mm uv beads.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
The water level is still high but it has come down to 1600cfs which is an improvement over what we saw this past weekend. On Sunday we did not get many reports from anglers. Some groups were going to the smaller local tributaries while others headed home early after dealing with the high water. Just a reminder that the Upper Fly Zone is now closed until April 1 but the Lower Fly Zone is currently open.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
We had extremely tough conditions on the Run over the weekend which kept most anglers away. The water flow was 1800cfs at the dam and 2480cfs at Pineville. The water flow has dropped to 1600cfs at the dam this morning with about a 2 inch snow accumulation overnight.

Oneida Lake report:
As predicted the weather pattern has changed with colder temperatures, more wind and a little snow overnight. More snow is in the forecast for the end of the week. Hopefully we will see a more active night bite for walleye. Stickbaits cast from shore just before and after dark is the suggested application.

Sandy Pond report:
There is not much activity on the pond at this time as we await colder temperatures and ice formation.